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CongressÂ’ Dismal Performance Need Not Be the Case: A Governance Perspective

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Congress' Dismal Performance Need Not Be the Case: A Governance Perspective - Up Front Blog - Brookings Institution

According to a Gallup nationwide poll ten years ago, 55 percent of citizens approved of the way Congress was handling its job. That was in March 2001, before the surge in solidarity that resulted in Congressional approval ratings of 70-80 percent following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. By mid-2002, the approval ratings were back to pre-9/11 levels, at 54 percent in July 2002.

By July 2009, Congressional approval ratings declined to just 32 percent. Just prior to the debt-ceiling debate three weeks ago, they stood at 18 percent. These poll figures contradict GallupÂ’s expectation that there would be a surge in CongressÂ’ popularity following the 2010 midterm elections. It had been suggested that CongressÂ’ ratings may rise since that had been observed following some prior midterm elections. But not quite.

It may come as no surprise if the next Gallup poll, expected to come out in mid-August, shows Congress’ approval ratings hitting an all time low. Another poll, conducted by Rasmussen more recently, reported a few days ago that only 6 percent of U.S. voters rated Congress’ performance as good or excellent, a new low in their poll. Their previous monthly low was last month— only 8 percent of U.S. voters rated Congress as good or excellent.

Said 6% work for Faux News.
 

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Wonder what the 6% are smoking?
 

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